Calgary GlobalFest August 15th to 26th
The groundwork for GlobalFest began in 1993 with the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. The not-for-profit Society searched for a suitable fireworks launch site in Calgary for eight years to no avail. There were many potential sites, but none combined the suitable large viewing area, safety regulations, and ability to allow large-scale pyrotechnics to be launched. It wasn't until 2001 when the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary's Greater Forest Lawn district that the dream could now become reality.
GlobalFest burst onto the scene in 2003 with 10 cultural pavilions and three countries presenting pyromusicals in Calgary's very own international fireworks festival. On the fourth and final night of the festival, GlobalFest celebrated a remarkable accomplishment. The festival reached attendance of close to 100,000 in the very first year, making GlobalFest one of Calgary's top draws for local citizens and tourists alike. Visit the Calgary International Reggae Festival web site for more information.
Calgary Carifest August 26th Shaw Millenium Park
Carifest is an annual festival that showcases the arts and culture of the Caribbean. The Carifest Parade is a street parade that depicts that splendour and revelry for Caribbean masquerade (mas). Various Mas Bands have an opportunity to display their costumes while engaging Calgary’s community to experience a taste of what “Playing Mas” is all about. The parade begins at Eau Clare Market on the concrete pad behind the Barley Mill, travels along 3rd Street SW to Stephen/8th Avenue, then along Stephen/8th Avenue to Shaw Millennium Park where the Mas Bands cross the main stage.
The Sunshine Fest is the outdoor park event that is the climax to the Carifest festivities. The event features a mainstage where various artists engage the audience with their musical magic. Patrons can relax in the sun and get a bite to eat at the various Caribbean inspired food services located around the park. Visit the Carifest web site for more information.
September Is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Since 1994, World Alzheimer’s DayTM – on 21 September each year – has been the only day on the calendar to unite people with dementia, caregivers and Alzheimer associations around the world.
World Alzheimer’s Month was introduced in 2012 and offers Alzheimer associations the opportunity to reach more individuals and groups and increase their efforts to call for improved support services for people with dementia and their caregivers.
To learn more about what is happening in your area, visit the Alberta Alzheimer's Disease Web Site for more information.
BBQ On The Bow Competition September 2nd - 3rd
The Barbeque on the Bow Society, established in 1993, is a registered not-for-profit organization. The society is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Calgary socially, culturally and economically and hosts the "Alberta Championship" for Kansas City (Southern) style BBQ. The goals of the Society are achieved through production of an annual family oriented festival. In the BBQ on the Bow "Alberta Championship", teams vie for recognition as the Grand Champion by earning the most points in all four required categories. These categories are: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt (shoulder) and Beef Brisket. There are also 2 extra category competitions called 'BBQ Sauce and Chef's Challenge' however the points earned in these categories do not count towards the BBQ on the Bow Grand Championship, just bragging rights.. Visit the Calgary BBQ On The Bow web site for more information.
Calgary Highland Games September 2nd
Held a Springbank Park, the Calgary Highland Games is one of the premier Highland Games in Western Canada. It is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and celebrated 100 years in 2013. With competitors from around the world, the Calgary Highland Games is a proud spectacle of Scotland’s history come to life.
Did you know it takes 275 volunteers to run the Calgary Highland Games? The Calgary Highland Games is a totally volunteer run organization and could not run without them! Volunteers are needed for many jobs such as setting up the site and taking it down, security, parking cars, working the entrance gates, selling our souvenir items. We can not do it without you. Visit the Calgary Highland Games web site for more information.
Kidney March Sept 8th - 10th
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is proud to host its annual Kidney March. On September 8-10, 2017, an expected 400 Marchers and Crew will make the unforgettable 3 day, 100 km walk from Kananaskis Country to Calgary. Our scenic journey begins at the Millarville Race Track and ends at Canada Olympic Park. Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Canadians. Our goal for Kidney March is to raise awareness by raising historic amounts of money for the cause. To date, we have already raised over $4 million through Kidney March to support kidney disease prevention, lifesaving research, patient support programs, and organ donation initiatives. Kidney March also creates a sense of community for people affected by this disease. There’s still time to sign up as a Marcher or Crew member.
Visit Kidney March to learn more. Feel free to come out and cheer for our Marchers. Thank you for your support!
REAPs Annual Food For Thought September 13th
Join REAP at its annual Food For Thought to celebrate local, sustainable food and farmers! Mingle with chefs and farmers at 20 food and beverage sampling stations, and enjoy community displays, live music, kids activities, and an inspiring keynote presentation by award winning author and activist Judy Wicks. Come experience the ways in which Calgary's local food scene is contributing to a global movement toward sustainable local economies!
Visit the REAP web site for more information.
Annual Life Without Limits Challenge Sept 16th
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta’s (CPAA) 11th Annual “Life Without Limits Challenge” is a fun event for people of all ages and abilities to come together and have fun while raising funds and creating awareness for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Participants can run, walk or wheel (bike, adapted bike, wheelchair, etc.) on a 5 km circuit in Calgary and Edmonton or a more challenging 20 km cycle circuit in Calgary and celebrate afterwards with a BBQ, booths from local vendors, entertainment and local celebrities. Prizes will be awarded for fundraising more than $500, $1000 and $2000, best costume, most enthusiastic, most pledges raised and more. Donate to the clothing and bottle drive and win prizes for largest donation!
Visit the Annual Life Without Limits Challenge web site for more information.
World’s Largest Truck Convoy Sept 16th
The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics is an annual event which unites law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of the inception of the event. Since it began in 2001, more than 15,000 trucks – big rigs to dump trucks – have traversed more than 8,000 km. Visit the World’s Largest Truck Convoy web site for more information.
YWCA Walk a Mile In Her Shoes® Sept 19th
YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® is an annual fundraising event which raises money to support the work the YWCA of Calgary does to break the cycle of family violence and help keep women and their children safe. Although family violence is a very serious matter, this fun and light-hearted event asks registered male participants to take a stand against family violence, strap on a pair of heels and walk two laps around Olympic Plaza. Only men can participate in the walk, but women play a huge role in this event by encouraging and challenging the men in their lives to register and fundraise for the YWCA of Calgary.
Visit the YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® Web Site for more information and locations.
Calgary City Wide Food Drive Sept 19th
Let's work together, Calgary, and reclaim our Guinness World Record! 560,000 pounds of food is our goal! The City-Wide Food Drive is the largest single-day food drive in Calgary, and over the past 9 years, has collected well over 3 million pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank. More than 7,000 family volunteers participate and help collect food throughout the morning and night. If you see the City-Wide Food Drive bag at your door, we encourage you to fill the bag with NON-perishable food items, and leave it on the doorstep for an 8am pick-up! We do absolutely zero door knocking / solicitations, so make sure your bag is visible to the volunteers! The City-Wide food drive is an important drive for the city as September and Fall heads into a high-demand period due to back-to-school expenses.
Visit the Calgary Food Bank Web Site for more information and drop off locations.
Calgary International Film Festival Sept 20th to Oct 1st
The Calgary International Film Festival is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes. Visit the Calgary International Film Festival Web Site for more information.
RBC Race for the Kids in Calgary Sept 23rd
RBC Race for the Kids is a global race series that brings families, communities and employees together in support of local children’s charities. Since launching in 2009, it has expanded to 15 events around the world with more than 124,000 participants raising over $27.9 million for children and youth charities. Join us at this year’s inaugural RBC Race for the Kids in Calgary and help raise critically-needed funds to support youth mental health programming and services at Alberta Children’s Hospital. The event will be held at Heritage Park on Sunday, September 24th and includes, 5K Family Fun Run along the Glenmore Reservoir pathway, 1K Kids Dash inside Heritage Park Historical Village, Family Fun Zone Brunch, prizing and entertainment for everyone. We hope you and your family will join us for a great morning at Heritage Park in support of a worthy cause.
National Seniors Day October 1st
To help celebrate seniors day, all Seniors (65+) get in FREE all day at the Talisman Centre
On October 1, the Government of Canada will proudly celebrate National Seniors Day and formally recognize the tremendous contributions of Canadian seniors. Canada’s seniors are important to both the country’s history–and its future. They have given so much to our families, our communities and our workplaces. We have all benefited from the contributions of seniors and we will further benefit as today’s seniors continue to be influential mentors and leaders in our communities. The establishment of National Seniors Day builds on the many concrete measures introduced by the Government to improve the well-being and quality of life of Canada’s seniors. On November 18, 2010, Bill C-40, An Act to establish National Seniors Day, received Royal Assent. Through this legislation, October 1 will now be recognized annually as National Seniors Day. On this day, Canada also joins the global community to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, as declared by the United Nations. We are proud of Canada’s seniors. We value what they have done for our country, and they deserve our thanks. National Seniors Day is an occasion to join together as a nation to honour Canadian seniors.
World Cerebral Palsy Day October 6th
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement for people with cerebral palsy (CP), their families, and the organizations that support them, in more than 50 countries. Canada will also be lit up green in celebration. World CP Day is an opportunity for the world to grow. Together, we are the collective voice for over 8,300 Albertans and over 17 million worldwide with CP. We want to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.
Visit the World Cerebral Palsy Day web site for more information.
It's High Season For Craft Sales And Crafters!
If you love to shop at a craft sale, get ready! October to mid December is high season for craft sales. Most craft sales offer original work, hand crafted by local crafters and artists. Common handicraft sale items may include holiday decorations, baking, ceramics, jewellery, knits, preserves, one of a kind gifts, quilts, toys, wood crafts and more.
Check out our Craft Sales for times and locations. Crafters can also use the boards to contact venue sales vendors, book tables and sell their handicrafts.